Rebecca Fox

Close watch on looming Otago drought

Close watch on looming Otago drought

Otago's dry conditions are being monitored closely by government and support agencies as the prospect of drought looms.

December a month of two halves

December a month of two halves

A ''stark'' contrast of temperatures in Middlemarch has highlighted two halves of December, Niwa says.

Severe shortage may force water cuts

Severe shortage may force water cuts

The Otago Regional Council is on the brink of restricting irrigators, with officials saying little significant rain is likely in coming weeks and river levels are low.

Harbour haven window on wildlife

Harbour haven window on wildlife

On a rough day the view out of the Faris' crib-cum-boathouse window can resemble a David Attenborough documentary as blue penguins are knocked over by waves and washed back out into Otago Harbour.

Fun in the sun as good weather holds

Fun in the sun as good weather holds

Penny Skinley (4), of Dunedin, makes the most of a sunny day at the St Clair Salt Water Pool recently.

Shoppers drawn by Boxing Day bargains

Shoppers drawn by Boxing Day bargains

Boxing Day sales or the great sunny outdoors - it was a dilemma many faced yesterday.

Street cordoned off by armed police

Street cordoned off by armed police

Ventnor St in Mornington, Dunedin, was cordoned off by armed police last night after a man shut himself in his home allegedly with a weapon.

Barking dogs save family from fire

Barking dogs save family from fire

A Dunedin family and three relatives escaped their burning Flagstaff-Whare Flat Rd home on Christmas morning thanks to their two dogs.

Fire risk soaring in Otago

Fire risk soaring in Otago

The Fire Service has warned one small spark could start a serious wildfire, as much of Otago is at risk of fire.

Christmas blaze destroys Dunedin home

Christmas blaze destroys Dunedin home

A Dunedin family home is uninhabitable after fire destroyed much of it this morning.